Seattle's 4 best spots for low-priced shaved ice

Seattle's 4 best spots for low-priced shaved iceBAMBU | Photo: Brett K./Yelp
Published on June 29, 2020

Need more shaved ice in your life?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable shaved ice sources in Seattle, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to satisfy your cravings.

1. Best Roasted Corn Stand

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Topping the list is Best Roasted Corn Stand. Located at 9811 15th Ave. SW (between 100th and 98th streets.), the food truck and Mexican spot, which offers shaved ice and more, is the highest-rated affordable shaved ice spot in Seattle, boasting 4.5 stars out of 130 reviews on Yelp. 

Colin F. noted, "The mangonada consists of shaved ice, mangoes, mango syrup, tamarind candy and tajin seasoning. The only thing that would've made this drink better is if they would add more mango syrup or mangoes to make this drink more mango-y."


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Next up is the International District's BAMBU, situated at 516 Seventh Ave. South, Unit A. (between James and Lane streets). It's a location of the well-known chain. With four stars out of 426 reviews on Yelp, the spot to score shaved ice, bubble tea, coffee and tea has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an inexpensive option. 

If you're looking for more, we found these details about BAMBU.

"Incredibly fresh, nutritious and colorful chè, unique milk teas, bold Vietnamese espressos and blended coffees and exotic fruit smoothies and juices individually prepared and served with an energetic smile," per the specials section of the business's Yelp profile. 

3. Matcha Café Maiko

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Central Business District's Matcha Café Maiko, located at 400 Pine St., Suite 324 (between Fourth and Westlake avenues), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the low-priced spot to score ice cream, frozen yogurt, coffee and shaved ice four stars out of 241 reviews. 

The matcha-centric shop serves up matcha-flavored shaved ice topped with adzuki beans, shiratama and condensed milk. 

4. Cafe O'Dessert

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Cafe O'Dessert, a spot to score shaved ice and bubble waffles in the University District, is another low-priced go-to, with four stars out of 171 Yelp reviews. Head over to 4727 University Way NE (between 47th and 50th streets) to see for yourself

This spot serves up shaved ice in such flavors as mango, strawberry, green tea and coconut. 

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